A few years ago we announced an excellent new opening. The restaurant Osaki was nikkei cuisine (A harmonious mixture of Peruvian and Japanese flavors) in all it’s glory. We were sad to see this brand of oriental food go. Unfortunately a building project had taken it out of the original site.
Thankfully after a couple of months, kitchen chef José Ozaki was able to breathe easy, as República Nikkei opened as a new coffee shop slash restaurant in central Santiago. Here you can enjoy the talents of the chef from Peru.
The place is small, intimate, and with a limited amount of tables. The menu is also limited but no less tasty. Enter with its special Suimono bowl, a very tasty miso soup enhance with ramen pasta, tamago, thin slices of smoked pork, wakame and carrots.
A quality soup thats among some some of most interesting oriental food served here.
A good secondary are the homemade Gyozas. Delicate and crunchy Dim Sung dough, with an elegant filling of pork. This is far away from the terrible industrial doughs used by many restaurants.
A must of República Nikkei are the Takoyaki, wheat flour dumplings stuffed with vegetables and pieces of octopus. A stylish appetizer with a creamy textures and intense flavors.
Its worth a visit just to try this dish.
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One of the specialties at República Nikkei are the Okonomiyaki, basically several different fillings cooked grilled and finished in a pancake-like mass.
In this case we tried a Okonomiyaki with cabbage, scallions, bacon, masago and mayonnaise. These pancakes are a strong and tasty mixture which won’t leave you hungry.
Another good option on the menu are the sandwiches. This is where the Peruvian tradition feels strong, as in the case of a classic Sausage sandwich or the Northern Neighbor with country ham (cooked and dressed with various types of chili and spices). It melts just looking at it. All this with a tasty Creole sauce made from red onion and yellow peppers, and finished with Nikkei’s special mayo.
The fusion are also very apparent in the Yakiniku. This is an outstanding adaptation of the classic Chilean sandwich “Barros Luco”. This example is with grilled meat ala dente, cheese, creole sauce, tartar and oyster mushrooms.
República Nikkei is a place that offers a different oriental food than that of the standard alternative. It also does so with more than reasonable prices.
Their dishes are tasty and filling, two characteristics that make you forget the flaws seen in the space or absence of alcohols.
Text: Darío Córdova
Translation: Rami Hunter L.
Photos: Alejandro Mery (Instagram)
* We were invited to this place. © Zona33 com S.A.
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